Objects are sorts of time capsules, which could be likened to a memory card or hard drive that holds data. Each object links to a memory and triggers one to revisit a key moment experienced and shared in life, alone or with another person. The residue of our experiences remain fragmented throughout the objects with which we interact.
–Jason Nicholas Miller
My Childhood Teething Toy
This small rubbery figure of a small androgynous being was once chewed on regularly by me. I was never sure if the figure was a man or a woman and it really never mattered to me. I loved this teething toy for what it was and it went everywhere with me when I was between the ages of one and two.
Its later significance to me surpassed the base memory of it having once been grinded between my emerging teeth. All the teething action had split the toy into on one side. That split later resembled the autopsy photos of JFK after the assassination. I photographed the object as if I were performing autopsy photographs, minus the extraneous labeling and measurement systems included in the frames of actual autopsy images. In a sense I was a surreal coroner documenting an assassinated teething toy. The assassins were my collaborating teeth between the age of one and two.
Jason Miller hopes to visit with each and every guest who he sees at the opening reception for his show "objets de mémoire" at Dixon Gallery and Gardens this Thursday evening, 6-8! The opening is a special time to have the artist present with the work and celebrate the exhibition. In addition, to the opening reception, there will be a Munch and Learn event from 12 to 1 on July 12th, tours at 2 on June 6th and July 23rd, and the work may be visited anytime during regular hours of operation.
JASON MILLER objets de mémoire
DIXON GALLERY AND GARDENS MAY 7 - JULY 23
MALLORY/WURTZBURGER GALLERIES SPONSORED BY SUZANNE AND NEELY MALLORY & MARY AND CHARLES WURTZBURGER
4339 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38117 #discoverthedixon | dixon.org